CPP, the British automotive group, has announced it will finalise development of a new Jensen Interceptor in Coventry, England and manufacture it at a new production facility on Browns Lane in the same city from 2014.
The announcement is a further boost to the UK motor industry following yesterday’s news that Jaguar Land Rover was investing £355 million to build low-emission engines at a business park near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, potentially creating thousands of new jobs.
The new car will be based around an all-aluminium chassis and will feature alloy panels, ‘echoing the four-seat grand tourer layout of the much-loved original’, according to the official press release.
Brendan O’Toole, founder and co-owner of CPP, said: “I started my career by restoring bodies and components for classic British sports cars, so for CPP to take the lead role in reviving this iconic brand is very exciting for the business, and for me personally.
Annual production numbers and pricing are yet to be released, but will be capped to maintain exclusivity. There’s no word on the engine or gearbox either, but as the original used an American V8, a powerplant borrowed from the current Corvette seems likely.
The original Jensen Interceptor was built between 1966 and 1977.